Officials at Swansea University have resorted to putting up posters around a campus instructing students on how to use the toilet properly.
The university says it has produced them to help address cultural differences, saying that they are a good idea to help keep the toilets clean and hygienic — though critics have called the posters ridiculous, reports the BBC.
The posters include images showing students what they should and should not do, with the picture of someone standing on a toilet seat with a red cross and another with a figure sitting correctly with a green tick.
The posters then ask students to ensure that used toilet paper is flushed away.
The instructions may seem bizarre, but a considerable number of students at the university are from the Middle East or South East Asian countries where it is common to squat to use the toilet and have posters telling people not to flush toilet paper, but instead put it in the garbage.
A university spokeswoman said:
“Swansea University is a multi-cultural campus community and the informational posters were produced, for use in both male and female facilities, to help address cultural differences that were unfortunately causing damage and hygiene issues.
“The information was produced in conjunction with the International College Wales Swansea (ICWS) and displayed in key areas around the campus.
“Since the inception of these posters, the situation has greatly improved in the affected areas.”
Images of the posters have appeared on Twitter and Facebook, with many making fun of them.
Student James Trott said:
“It’s a bit stupid really… it’s just pretty damn funny.”
But Temi Coker can see the point of them:
“There’s nothing demeaning about it. It’s just an instructional poster.”
Teresa Jenkins, another student at the University, said that could improve hygiene on the campus.
“It is important to do as much as possible to keep the toilets clean.”